This new EV from Croatia is quicker than any Tesla to date

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As Tesla delays the arrival of its Model S Plaid edition, Croatia electric car maker Rimac has revealed an EV that is even quicker.

Named after a Croatian wind, the Nevera is Rimac’s second car. It is the production version of the company’s C_Two concept that has been in development since 2018 and aims to set a new benchmark for production vehicle performance.

Rimac says the Nevera is powered by four electric motors producing 1,914 horsepower and 2,360 Nm of torque. It also says the car can accelerate to 60mph in 1.85 seconds, complete a quarter-mile sprint in 8.6 seconds, and has a top speed of 258mph. When driven more sedately, the Nevera has a claimed WLTP range of 340 miles, and can charge from zero to 80 percent in a little as 19 minutes.

These statistics make the Rimac Nevera the fastest-accelerating street legal car money can buy – a claim Tesla also makes for its upcoming Model S Plaid.

That car, a family sedan and not an exotic hypercar, has three motors producing 1,100, a claimed 0-60mph time of 1.99 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 9.23 seconds and a 200mph top speed. Tesla claims this version of the Model S has a range of over 520 miles.

Rimac’s reveal of its Nevera today could be why Tesla boss Elon Musk said over the weekend that the launch of the Model S Plaid has been delayed from this week until June 10. Musk said: “Model S Plaid delivery pushed to June 10. Needs one more week of tweak. This car feels like a spaceship. Words cannot describe the limbic resonance.”

Given the Tesla website currently describes the Model S Plaid as the “quickest accelerating car in production today,” Musk might be using this extra week to dip below Rimac’s 1.85-second benchmark.

Despite the remarkably close performance statistics of Rimac and Tesla, these two cars are in very different sectors of the market. One is a $2M hypercar of which just 150 examples will be made, while the other is a circa-$150,000 sedan with seating for five (plus an option for seven).

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